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Top Echelon Network’s 2014 Fall Conference will be here before you know it (namely because the event is in September this year), and that’s why we’re pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the conference is . . . Mike Gionta of RecruiterU!

I and other members of the Top Echelon team have had the opportunity to hear Mike present sessions at seminars and other events, and we believe that he is a good fit for this year’s Fall Conference.  One of the reasons is that his training is geared toward independent recruiting firms, and those are exactly the types of agencies to which we cater.

Below is the official bio for Mike Gionta:

Mike helps recruiting firm owners and solo recruiters explode revenue, hire great recruiters, and become a “trusted adviser” (vs. annoying vendor) to their clients by getting them out of their own way and systematizing their businesses.  Mike’s clients are able to “leap-frog” other recruiters by learning from his techniques that have resulted in annual desk-level production of $1 million to $2.1 million, as well as a firm that consistently produced $2 million to $3 million and was the 11th-fastest growing IT search firm in the country.

The dates for the 2014 Top Echelon Network Fall Conference are Tuesday, September 23, and Wednesday, September 24, and the location is the Sheraton Suites O’Hare in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois.

Early Bird Registration for the Fall Conference is just $199 per person!  We’ve kept the cost of attending our conferences and conventions practically the same ever since we started holding these events.  We want to make it easy for you to attend so that you can meet new Trading Partners and grow your business.

We want to see YOU in Chicago.  We believe that this year’s conference offers plenty of value for your firm and will help you enjoy a great year in 2014!


Maria Hemminger has made 78 placements as a Top Echelon Network recruiter.  Her agency, MJ Recruiters, LLC has been a Preferred Member since 2005.

Recruiter CommentsDavid M. Sgro has made 58 placements as a Top Echelon Network recruiter.  His agency, True North Consultants, Inc., has been a Preferred Member since 2006.

Brenda Wylie-Biggs has made 83 placements as a Top Echelon Network recruiter.  Her agency, KB Search Team, LLC, has been a Preferred Member since 1990.

Trey Cameron has made 179 placements as a Top Echelon Network recruiter.  His agency, the Cameron Craig Group, has been a Preferred Member since 2003.


Yes, the 2013 Fall Conference was a big success, and yes, we’re going to focus on it in this issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog!

That’s because the recruiters who attended made split placements with each other before, during, and after the conference—as evidenced by the recruiters and placements highlighted below.

These recruiters are regular attendees of Network events like the Fall Conference and National Convention, and doing so has led to a series of placements.  Not just one here or two there, but a series.

They make placements, they spend time with each other, they build and strengthen their relationships, and then they make more placements.

They say sometimes less is more (whoever the heck “they” are).  But with a combined total of 14 split placements represented below, in this case, MORE is more!

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David M. Sgro, CPC“Yeah . . . job closed before we go to Chicago this week!  Another reason to celebrate.  This is our seventh placement with Dave in the last three years.  What a great system we have, Dave!”

Submitted by Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC
regarding her Network split placement with David M. Sgro, CPC of True North Consultants, Inc.


Fee Percentage—20%

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth Network split placement that Hemminger and Sgro have made together in Top Echelon.)

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Network Recruiter Trey Cameron“It was so great to meet Trey at the Chicago conference!”

Submitted by Brenda Wylie-Biggs, CPC of KB Search Team, LLC regarding her Network split placement with Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group


Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: This is the sixth Network split placement that Wylie-Biggs and Cameron have made together in Top Echelon.)